The Celeriac plant is a root crop and a member of the Celery family. It has a celery-like taste and is great in vegetable dishes. Growing Celeriac is worthwhile but can be difficult in colder climates.
The root bulb grows to four inches in diameter or more. Which is why Celeriac is sometimes called "knob celery". Most people know little, if anything, about Celeriac or it's cultivation. It is new to the home gardening community.
Growing Celeriac requires a long growing season, up to 200 days. That's the better part of a year! Due to this long growth season, very few gardeners try growing it.
Planting CeleriacDue to it's long growing cycle, Celeriac seeds need to be started indoors. You will not likely find seedlings at garden supply stores. However, they can be often acquired by conducting an Internet search. The seeds are very fine. Sprinkle them on the top of the soil in a pot or container and lightly water them in.
Once they have germinated, thin the seedlings as you would any other broadcast sown seeds. After all danger of frost has passed it is time to introduce them to their new home in the garden. Celeriac is susceptible to frost in both the spring and fall.
Celeriac should be planted when the moon is in the3rd Quarter (i.e. waning) and in one of the following Zodiac Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, Libra, Capricorn
Space seedlings four to six inches apart in rows 18 to 24 inches apart. Allow for the plants to have adequate breathing room and time to stabilize their growth. Then, maintain them with a regular schedule of care.
The care and feeding of CeleriacWhile Celeriac is slow growing, it does not take as much care as it's cousin Celery. Grow Celeriac plants in rich soil and full sun. Make sure to keep plants well watered. Fertilize once a month with a general purpose fertilizer. Celeriac does not require blanching. Days to Maturity: Approximately 200.